Bieke Depoorter – I am about to Call it a Day

Book coverBieke Depoorter – I am about to Call it a Day
Book coverBieke Depoorter – I am about to Call it a Day
Book coverBieke Depoorter – I am about to Call it a Day
Book coverBieke Depoorter – I am about to Call it a Day

One’s initial impression is that this is a calendar: a landscape format A3 block with colour photographs, held together with cold glue in the Swiss binding style and pasted into a thick brown corrugated cardboard cover. The only text, the publishing details, has been placed under the photo block on the inside of the cardboard outer, plus the title on the front in big Franklin Gothic Condensed. The photo block comes without captions: all you can do is let the photos sink in. The photos themselves are all bled off and most are in landscape format; they are of night-time scenes of people at home or in some other enclosed space. Sometimes the cool twilight of evening can be seen through a window. Two photos are of handwritten letters. The interiors are occasionally interspersed with desolate mountainscapes photographed at various times of day. These bare, snow-covered landscapes are printed on thinner and more fibrous paper and emphasize the lonely, existential atmosphere of the people and interior photos.


The panel were impressed by the evocative, cinematic photographs and the way the consistency of their selection and placing helps them tell a story of the human condition, ‘my useless existence’ (see sheet 10), poverty, the isolation of isolation, and loneliness. The spareness of the design, the paper used, the excellent printing and the sequence in which the images are presented – they all serve the photographs and the photographer’s narrative, and her subject.

Edition: 2014
Language: English, translated by Kim Schepens
Publisher: Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich (CH), Hannibal Publishing, Veurne (B)
Graphic designer: Mevis & Van Deursen
Lithographer: robstolk, Amsterdam
Printer: robstolk, Amsterdam
Binder: Agia & Lith, Amsterdam
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 420 x 285 x 13
Number of pages: 83 p.
Print run: 1,500
Price: € 57
ISBN: 978 3 905929 69 0 and 978 94 9208 124 7
Font and foundry: ITC Franklin Gothic Condensed
Binding style: Swiss-style threadless binding (cold-glued), spine with glued-on Regutex black cloth, the whole in die-cut corrugated cardboard cover
Material: 150gsm Hello Fat Matt 1.3, 80gsm Olin regular natural white (interior), 170gsm Muskat Brown (endpapers), Golfkarton Microboard ETT8 brown (wrapper)